Ukraine Opens Polkadot Wallet for War Fundraising; Founder Wood Donates $5M in DOT

The Wood donation sent Tuesday brings the total amount of DOT contributed to 309,939 DOT ($6.0 million) as of press time.

AccessTimeIconMar 1, 2022 at 7:26 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 6:56 p.m. UTC

Ukraine expanded its cryptocurrency fundraising efforts by opening a Polkadot wallet after promises of a $5 million personal donation from Polkadot founder Gavin Wood.

  • The Wood donation brings the total amount of DOT contributed to 309,939 DOT ($6.0 million) as of press time.
  • It comes as crypto holders the world over pour donations into the war-torn country. Over $20 million in crypto donations have been sent so far, with Binance donating $10 million and industry leaders Sam Bankman-Fried and Deepak Thapliyal also contributing large sums.
  • According to digital asset research firm Elliptic, there have been more than 24,000 digital asset donations since the start of the Russian invasion. One bitcoin (BTC) whale donated $3 million alone.
  • DOT is currently trading at $19.36, according to CoinGecko, up 13% in 24 hours as the crypto market continues to rally.

UPDATE (March 1, 14:30 UTC): Adds Wood donation. Updates numbers.


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